Even if you’ve only heard of a handful of snowboards, chances are the Bataleon Evil Twin is one of them. Over a decade since it appeared, it’s still snapped up by countless riders every year with a level of enthusiasm that rivals that of any new release.
It wouldn’t be a Bataleon without Triple Base Technology, and the Evil Twin features the ‘Twin 3BT’ version. The middle section of the base is wider than that of their powder boards, so you get more stability on firmer snow. Then there’s the two side sections, which have a gentle uplift towards the edges.
In practical terms, 3BT means that you’re unlikely to catch an edge or hand up on a rail – even with the classic camber profile – but only a little effort is required when you want to really crank the turns or set an edge for blast-off in the park. The 3BT aids floatation in powder too, while the sintered base ensures it’ll go like the clappers in all conditions.
With its beech-and-hardwood core, durable sidewalls and basalt stringers under the bindings, it’s as tough as it is enjoyable. Funseekers should definitely be considering the Bataleon Evil Twin for their all-round needs – and it’s also worth checking out the Bataleon ETA, its asymmetrical sibling.